DB Likes UM's Style

You won't find many players in the entire state of Florida this year with as much speed as Key West cornerback prospect Laurence Marius. The fastest man at last year's Bishop & Dullighan Skills Camp in Lakeland last summer, Marius is again playing on both sides of the ball this season.

"I'll be going both ways again," Marius said. "I'm really starting to focus on playing cornerback because I think that's where I'll end up playing in college. That's what most schools are recruiting me as."

Marius, 5-10 and 165 pounds, is coming off a successful spring. He had the attention of college coaches from across the country.

"I'm up to nine offers in writing," Marius said. "Georgia Tech offered, Ole Miss, Duke, Florida State, South Carolina, Northwestern, FIU, and a couple more. It's been great. A lot of other schools called and talked to me as well. The top five right now would be FSU, Duke, Miami, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina."

Marius declines to name a single favorite but it was mentioned to him that UM is the only current favorite who has not yet offered.

"I'm really hoping they come through," he said. "I was supposed to go to their camp but I got a new phone and lost their number and couldn't get in contact with them. I'm trying to get Coach Cristobal's number so I can go to their next camp in July. They called me in the spring. Coach Cristobal said he showed Coach Coker my highlight tape and I guess Coach Coker said he wanted to see me at camp. I gotta make sure I get up there."

Marius, a full academic qualifier who also competes in varsity baseball and track, says there's a lot to like about the Hurricanes.

"I like 'em a lot," he said. "I've been to a few of their games. I like how they play. I like their style. They give their cornerbacks a lot of responsibility. I'm all up for that. They produce, too, and it's close to home. But I'm still wide open with things right now."

Post-Spring Hot 100 rank: 30

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